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Monday, 24 July 2017

Happy Birthday - Make it Crafty


Sometimes when I'm playing with inks and making background, I end up with more than I actually need, and if I don't make an additional card than and there, I'll put that extra away with the intention of using it later.

That's what I did with this card, I used the background for this card that I shared a couple of weeks ago.

I was in the mood to make a card, but without much time or many  ideas coming to mind. I had a sort through my stash of still to be used 'bits' and found this chipboard piece from Make it Crafty that I've had for a long while now.  Because it was made of a grey type of chipboard, it wasn't covered too well with my distress or dye inks as they sink into the material. However, Distress Oxides cover this beautifully, so I set to with the Wilted Violet colour that I'd used to stencil on my background.
Then I gave it a good spritz with my Gold Glimmer Mist and left to dry. 

To make the card I just made a white, top folding vertical A2 (US) size card, trimmed my background with a large stitched rectangle frame, and glued that to my card base. Then I cut another piece of white cardstock a little bigger than my chipboard panel, glued the panel to the white card and the white card to my background piece, added a few sequins and voila!

Possibly the quickest card I've made yet, but it still looks very effective. You can find the chipboard I used here.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #342


It's been a long time since I joined in with the sketch challenge over at MFT Card Challenges, so I thought I'd dash off a quick card using the new MFT Stamps Happy Hippos clear stamp set.

I used the hippo with the present and the 3 little birds, stamping them on some Bristol Smooth paper  and colouring them with my Zig Clean Color markers, using Turquoise Green, Yellow Green, Light Green and Bright Yellow. I cut them out with the matching dies and set them aside.

I made an A2 vertical top folding card base and used a little Sno Cone Ink and the Mini Cloud Edges stencil to sponge a few clouds directly onto my card base. I cut some Limelight and Gumball cardstock with one of the Grassy Edges die and finished the edges with a stitched rectangle die, stamping a sentiment from the same set onto the top layer before gluing them both to my card base.

I cut some while and patterned paper with one of the Basic Scalloped Edges dies and finished with the same stitched rectangle die, gluing both to the top of my card. Then I added the hippo and birds with some foam tape and finished with a few enamel dots. You could omit the dots as it doesn't really need them, I just felt they helped balance the card.

If you want to join in with this week's challenge you can find it here, but you only have till Tuesday evening.

Thanks for visiting!

Altenew & Simon Says Stamp - Leaf Background Card


I have a few cards to share with you today but as they are all different I've split them into different posts. I'm really trying to work my way through my draft folder and clear some of the backlog this weekend, or some cards will never see the light of day here.

So the next few posts may be short on text.

This card is made using the leaf die from Altenew's Graden Treasures set and a the You die and You Matter stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.

I used Distress Oxide inks in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron for blending and stamping.
I also used Blueprints 31 from My Favorite Things, Altenew Gold embossing powder, Gansai Tambai Starry Colours watercolour paint and a few gold and mint sequins from Little Things by Lucy.

I highlighted the leaves with a Sakura Gold Star Gelly Roll pen.

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Whimsy Stamps July Release Day 3


We're on the last day of our new release show case and to round off my cards today I have 2 makes with clear stamp sets to share with you.

The first uses Paper Polly Dolly.

This little cutie comes with several outfits you can dress her up in and for this card I chose the Bee outfit. The set also comes with a set of matching dies (which I don't have so I did have to fussy cut this one), to make life easier for you, and the die set actually allows you to make an additional cat outfit.

I've just realised that I completely forgot to add her little antennae!

I coloured her with my Zig markers and popped her on top of a shaker card that I made with the Honeycomb Pattern Die. The sentiment is also part of the set.

For my second card I made a background using the smooshing method, with Distress Inks and Gold Watercolour paint from Gansai Tambi.

I paired this with some gold lustre cardstock and then stamped and gold heat embossed some flower images from the Little Birdie Told Me stamp set, coloured them with my zig markers, and fussy cut them. I popped them up against my gold frame with some foam tape.

The sentiment stamped on the bottom of the frame is from the Simple Sentiments set and the numbers are made with dies from the Brush Script Number Die Set.

I finished off with a few gold and clear sequins.

Thanks for joining us during the release.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Paper Smooches- You Heart is Pure Gold


I'm back again with another make as part of my July guest spot over at Paper Smooches.

I used the Body Language stamp set and the Body Language Icons die set, using the heart again, but this time I stamped it out several times, didn't bother with the arms and legs and used the happy face.

I coloured then all in shades of pink and orange except for the middle one which I coloured with my Gansai Tambi Stary Nights Watercolours, to give it that metallic gold finish. I stamped the faces once they were all  dry, and cut them out with the matching die. 

I used a piece of Tilm Holtz watercolour paper and blended the same shades with distress inks, using Wild Honey for the gold. I sprinkled a few dots of water and blotted for more texture and interest.

I stamped the sentiment and the hearts with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then I cut it with a stitched rectangle die and mounted on some gold lustre cardstock.

I glued my base to an A2 horizontal card base and added my hearts with foam tape.

Finally I added some googly eyes to my little heart faces.

Thanks for visiting!

Lee Holland - Teddy Birthday Hat - Whimsy Stamps July Release


I'm back for day 2 of Whimsy Stamp's awesome release for July.

Today I have another of those adorable cute bears from Lee Holland

This is called Teddy Birthday Hat

I coloured him with my zig markers using Light Gray and Dark Gray for the bear and Pink, Orange, Yellow and Yellow Green for the hat.

I fussy cut him and added him to a background of masked distress ink stripes which I popped in top of some stripy design paper.

I added the whole lot to a yellow card base and used sentiment from the Happy Sayings stamp set.

I finished off with a few It's a Party enamel dots.

Thanks so much for dropping by, I'll have more inspiration from the new Whimsy release tomorrow!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Whimsy Stamps July Release - Wee Stamps - Baby Giraffe


I'm back again with my second card for today's release at Whimsy Stamps and this time it's super cute!

This is Baby Giraffe from the Wee Stamps Collection, isn't it adorable?

I stamped him/her on some Bristol Smooth card and watercoloured them with my Zig Markers.

Then I masked the image and used some vintage photo and a giraffe print stencil to stencil a background.

Finally I stamped a sentiment from the Scripty Occasions Sentiment Set and added a few clear sequins.

That's all for today but I'll be back tomorrow with more from the new release.

Thanks for visiting!

Whimsy Stamps July Release- Deb Davis - Dracula Bite Me


It's arrived a little later this year, but welcome to the July release at Whimsy Stamps.

We seriously have so many fabulous images and dies to share with you this month that I barely know where to begin, but I'm kicking it off today with this clear stamp set by Deb Davis called 

This comes with a whole set of punny sentiments and also has a set of dies to match. Sadly my dies did not arrive till after I made my card, so I had to use a couple from my stash and some from the Dracula I Compel You die set and Stamp Set, and fussy cut my vampire, but I still love the result.

I started by making a background with distress inks, masking the moon and adding a little grey shading before stamping on the sentiment and layering on the dies and image.

Hope you liked my card for today, but don't go away because I have another card to share with you from the new release a bit later .

Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

MFT Stamps - Celebrate, Rainbow Blending, Stamping with Water


I have a couple of cards to share with you today, I love making cards where you get a kind of a Two for the Price of One thing going on.

First of all I have to explain that I made the background without any idea of how I was going to use it in a card. I was just trying out some techniques I'd seen in this video from Jen McGuire where she shows stamping with water. I thought it was a cool idea and decided to give it a try.

Since I'm all about the Rainbow lately I chose rainbow colours swapping the red for a bright pink. The ink blending is all done with Distress Oxide inks which gives it that lovely soft brushed sort of finish.

I used Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron, Broken China and Wilted Violet, blending them to create the additional shades.
Once I was happy with my blending I spritzed a background stamp, (this is the Wavy Colouring Book BG Stamp from MFT), with some water and stamped onto my blended cardstock. Then I blotted and dried with my heat gun.

I loved the way the pattern came out but for a few days I had no idea what I was going to make with it, and then I got the Celebrate die from MFT Stamps. Bingo!

After dabbling with the idea of using the whole panel, I decided to go for a 2 for 1 creation, making 2 cards from the 1 background. I used a Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges die to cut the sedge of my first card and then used the same card on the white cardstock for the 2nd.
I cut the outside edges with a large stitched rectangle die from  Blueprints 15.

Basically the 2 cards are almost the same, just reversed, except the first card I inlaid the die cut word and heat embossed a sentiment in white on a banner cut from Limelight cardstock, and on the 2nd I stacked lots of layers of the die-cut word to make it very dimensional and stamped the sentiment in black ink directly onto the white cardstock.

To finish both cards I added a few sparkling clear sequins.

Here you can compare the 2 cards. 

I can't decide which one I like the most, which do you prefer?

Thanks so much for visiting, don't forget to drop by tomorrow for the new release from Whimsy Stamps!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Whimsy Stamps July Release Sneak Peek - Lee Holland - Teddy with Presents


I have one last sneak peek for you before the release goes live on Wednesday, and it's the second of Lee Holland's fabulous bears for this release.

I am so in love with these, you will have to wait till Thursday to see the third one though.

This one is called Teddy with presents.

These bears look fabulous coloured up in the traditional browns and beiges, but I really enjoyed colouring them up in different colours for a change in how they lookl.

My inspiration here was the patterned paper. I coloured this with my zig markers on Bristol Smooth paper butt  I don't have the colours I'm afraid,  as this was coloured some time ago before I got a little notebook to jot my colours down in.

The die cut word 'birthday' comes from the Sweetest Birthday Shaker Builder die set

Can't wait to show you the third bear, and I have lots more to share with you this week.
Thanks so much for visiting me.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Whimsy Stamps July Release Sneak Peek - Dracula I Compel You

Happy Sunday!

The sun is shining here and my creativity is high, so life is good.

Today I'm here with another sneak peek for the Whimsy Stamps July release and this time I'm showcasing a new clear stamp and matching die set by Deb Davis.

This set is Called Dracula I Compel You, you'll be able to find it and the matching die set here once the release is live.

I don't normally go anywhere near Halloween stuff, but these sets have lots of fun sentiments that are suitable for lots of different occasions and I used this set to make a fun birthday card.

I thought this card would be idea for a teen or would make a fun male card, (we all know I normally run screaming from the male card, because they scare me - ironic then that a 'scary' stamp set should make it easy lol).

I stamped all my images onto Bristol Smooth cardstock and coloured with my Zig markers using black, reds and grays, cut them out with the matching dies and set them aside.

I took another piece of watercolour cardstock and used some Festive Berries and Candied Apple distress inks to make a background using the 'smooshing' techniquie to get the effect of blood splatters and then added some small spalatters of black paint using a paint brush and flicking.  I set this aside to dry while I heat embossed my sentiment in white, onto some black cardstock and cut it out with a banner die.

I cut my background out with a Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die. I backed this with some black cardstock, stamped another sentiment from the set at the top and adhered it to my card base made from red cardstock, using a little foam tape to give some dimension.

Finally I added all my elements to my base with some foam tape for the main image and added a little sparkle to the bats with some Wink of Stella.

Don't forget the new release is on Wednesday 19th, but I'll have one more sneak peek for you before then.

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

MFT Stamps - Jungle Gym


I hope you are all having a great weekend so far. It's bright and warm here but a little overcast.

My order of goodies from the July release for My Favorite Things came yesterday, and since the other half was out for the evening, I couldn't resist having a bit of a play right away.

I made a few cards last night and this morning, and today I'm sharing a little card I made with the Jungle Gym stamp set and matching Die-namics.

This is such a sweet set with some great sentiments as well.

Firstly I stamped the images I wanted to use on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and coloured them with my Zig Markers. Now don't faint people but I have the colours for you today!

Tiger: Light Brown, Gray and Dark Gray
Monkey: Oatmeal and Dark Oatmeal
Bird: Light Blue, Cobalt Blue and Persian Blue
Leaves: Green and Deep Green

I cut these out with the matching dies and set them aside while I worked on my card base.

I took another piece of Bristol Smooth paper and used both the original MFT Stamps Cloud Stencil, plus the new Mini Cloud Stencil along with Peacock Feathers and Broken China Distress Oxide ink and a blending tool, to create a sky. I cut this out with the large rectangle die from Blueprints 20 and also cut out a window with the Square Peek a boo window die, making sure to keep the square that was cut out.

I used the Grassy Edges die-namics to cut 2 layers of grass, one from Limelight Cardstock and one from Gumdrop Cardstock, I ran the limelight 'grass' through my Big Shot with the same rectangle die so that it matched the rest of my base then adhered both strips to the bottom edged.

I laid out the rectangle on my card base and adhered the cut out square to my card base through the whole, then I popped the rectangle up on some foam tape, after attaching the swing to the back.

I added my figures with some thin foam tape. To finish I stamped a sentiment from the set onto a scrap of limelight cardstock, cutting it out with a banner from the Stitched Sentiment Strips and trimmed it to fit, attaching it to the top of my window with a little more foam tape.

I hope you like my card and I'll have some more from the new release to share with you soon.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 14 July 2017

Paper Smooches - July Release - Body Language


It's Friday finally and I'm hoping that my parcels arrive this morning before my partner leaves the house so that I can get crafty with my new goodies this weekend lol.

Speaking of new goodies, I'm guesting again for Paper Smooches and my card today is made with more of the new July release.
This stamp set is called Body Language and it's a fun and quirky set which includes lots of body parts and punny sentiments. It come with a matching set of Body Language Dies.

Today I used the heart from the stamp set, which has 2 different faces you can add, a happy one and a sad one. The sad one goes perfectly with the sentiment I used.

Firstly I stamped my image onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth watercolour paper and coloured it with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I also stamped the arms and legs in black ink. I added the face to my image once it was dry and cut out all the pieces with the matching dies and set those aside.

I took some more Bristol Smooth paper and blended some distress inks (Festive Berries and Shaded Lilac) onto the area where I wanted to place my image, sprinkled with a few drops of water and blotted, and made a few small splatters with white paint. I then cut this out with a large rectangle die and adhered it to a small note card made from black cardstock.

I cut a small banner from a scrap of black cardstock and another larger one from some grid patterned paper and positioned them where I wanted them. I then used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment perfectly beneath the banners with black versafine ink.

 I glued the arms and legs onto my heart and added that to my card, popping it up with some foam tape. Finally I added a few sparkling clear sequins to finish.

I'll share the other card I made with this heart stamp, this time using the smiley face, at the weekend.

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Whimsy Stamps Sneak Peak - Lee Holland - Teddy Birthday Message.


Our July release at Whimsy Stamps should have gone live yesterday, but unfortunately due to a small manufacturing hiccup we have had to delay it till next week. 
Because I totally do not want you to miss out on how fabulous this release is, I'll be doing a couple of sneak peek posts between now and then so you can get an idea of just how much you want need some of these stamps. 

So kicking off today I'm sharing Lee Holland's Teddy Birthday Messages.
Seriously, how cute is he? If you follow me on Instagram,  you'll have seen this little chap yesterday.

I stamped him onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, with Versfine Ink in Onyx Black, and coloured him up with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I wanted a change from all the brown teddies so I decided to make him purple. These bears look awesome in different colours.

Then a masked my image and used a brick stencil and one of my Clarity Stencil brushes to brush over a grey brick pattern to look like he's drawing on a brick wall, graffiti style.

I kept the card pretty simple just using some basic rectangle and border dies and some purple grid patterned paper which I thought went well with the theme. the whole lot is backed onto some purple cardstock keeping everything nicely tied together colour wise and I finished a few purple and clear sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my sneak peak today. I'll come back and add links for you once the collection is live and I'll be adding another sneak peak in the next few days.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, 10 July 2017

My Favorite Things - New Home Shaker Card


A quick card from me today, still ploughing my way through my draft folder.

This is a little New Home card I made, just because it's good to have one in hand and you never normally have when you need one.

I used the fabulous Lock and Key Die-namics from My Favorite Things, to make a shaker card.

First I chose some fab wood grain patterned paper to act as my 'door' and backed it with some lightweight card before cutting out my keyhole.

Then I sponged some distress ink in Worn Lipstick and Victorian Velvet on some white cardstock, and added a few splatters of water and then gold watercolour paint. I cut a piece of backing card and the banner for my sentiment from this.

I glued some acetate behind my window and then added some foam tape around my aperture and filled with sequins, these are the Rose Gold selection from Lucy's Little Things.

I glued on my backing card and then fixed the whole thing to an A2 card base made from ridged Kraft card stock.

I stamped a sentiment from MFT's No Place Like Home sentiment set, in Versafine Black Onyx, onto my banner, and popped that up on some foam tape.

I cut one of the keys in gold card stock and glued that to the front of my window.

Finally I added a few matching sequins to finish.

I hope you like today's card, thank you so much for visiting.

*Just a small heads up, our July release at Whimsy Stamps has hit a small delay and will be live next week rather than this, but to keep you going until then, I will have a couple of sneak peeks to share with you this week*

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Altenew - All My Love


I hope you're having a wonderful weekend, wherever you may be.
For today's post I'm using the Altenew Garden Treasures stamp set again, but this time I changed things up a bit.

No masking this time, instead, I stamped out lots of flowers individually with Versafine Onyx Black ink, and coloured them with my Zig Markers.

I don't have the matching dies for this set so I fussy cut them all out by hand.
It took a bit of time but it was quite relaxing and very worth it in the end.

I set all my flowers aside and started to work on my panel. I used some Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and blended Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Broken China, with a blending tool. Then I took the Moroccan Lattice Stencil from MFT Stamps and blended through a little Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink in the centre part of my panel.

I sprinkled a few water droplets and spayed some gold glimmer mist and blotted and dried. Then I took some gold watercolour paint and splattered on some drops using a paintbrush. 
Once completely dried I cut it out with a large rectangle die from MFT Stamps Blueprints 20 and added it to a white top folding A2 card base.
 For the frame I took 2 oval dies and taped them inside one another on a piece of white cardstock and  flicked on some more gold watercolour paint, then cut a narrow strip of foam tape to pop it up on my card. 

I then took a piece of Boysenberry Lustre cardstock, cut it out with a banner die from the same Blueprints 20 die-namics, and gold embossed a sentiment from MFT Stamps' 
You Give Me Butterflies sentiment set. 

I arranged all my flowers where I wanted them around the frame and popped some of them up on foam tape. I added the banner sentiment with a little foam tape and finally I added a few sequins from different selections, to match the colours of the card.

I really love the way this card turned out and hope that you do too.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Make a Wish - My Favorite Things - Fairy Happy


I did mean to blog this yesterday and thought I had but obviously did not hit that publish button!

Anyhooo......I get to share it with you today instead. As you can see I made another card with the Fairy Happy stamp set from MFT Stamps.

I stamped out my little fairy and coloured her in Distress Inks this time. I used Vintage Photo, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber. I cut her out with the coordinating dienamic and then started work on my background.

I used some Tim Holtz watercolour paper and blended some inks using the Radiating Rays stencil and a blending tool and then went over each area of colour with a bit more ink using a Clarity Stencil brush for a softer, lighter effect. I cut this out with the smaller rounded rectangle die from 
Blueprints 31.

I cut out some patterned paper from the Graphic Grid paper pack, with the scalloped edge die from Blueprints 20 and stuck this to an A2 card base made from Razzle Berry cardstock.

I stuck my background piece to my card base using some craft foam in between for dimension and stamped the Make a Wish sentiment onto a scrap of Razzle Berry cardstock and cut that out with a banner die from Blueprints 20. I glued that to my background panel.
Finally I added my fairy with some foam tape to make her pop and finished with a few sparlking clear sequins.

I hope you like my make for today, I'll be back tomorrow with some Altenew inspiration.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Paper Smooches - Guest Designer for July


I can't tell you how excited I am to be joining Paper Smooches as their Guest Designer for the month of July.

I just love their cute and quirky stamps and dies.

Lucky me I got to play with the whole of the July release....whooohooo!

I have 2 cards to share with you today, the first is using the new Dove Die, this die is so versatile that I used it to make 2 different cards, but you'll need to wait for a later post to see the other one.

As soon as I saw this and the Religious Words 2 Dies, I knew what I wanted to do.

The dove of peace is such an icon, and if you know the story of Noah's Ark, you'll know that along with the dove there was a rainbow at the end as a symbol of hope, so I knew I wanted to make my hope word rainbow coloured.

I started with a piece of watercolour paper, and stenciled some clouds on with Broken China Distress Ink and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die. Then I took some plain white cardstock and die cut the dove 4 times, and gluing the outline together, stacking them up for dimension.. Then I took one set of the interior dove pieces and sponged it lightly with Broken China distress ink, concentrating the ink close to the bottom part of the dove.

I took a small piece of watercolour paper and blended Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Candied Apple. I sprayed this with some gold glimmer mist (which is not showing up in the photo but looks lovely IRL), and once dry I cut it out with the hope die. I cut it twice more using white cardstock and layered them together to give the effect of a chipboard word.

I cut a rectangle of rainbow coloured patterned paper and stuck that to my card base and then adhered my panel to it with foam tape.

I stuck down my Dove and Hope dies to my panel and added a few gems to finish.

For my second card (I'm still all about the rainbow here) I took the same colours of distress inks and blended them on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, and then cut out 3 x with one of the
Pointers Dies I also cut a few extras in white cardstock.

Then I tool some plain white cardstock cut it with a rectangle die and used one of the Pointers Dies to cut out the apertures. I glued this to some black cardstock cut slightly larger than my rectangle.
I then started to add back my die cut shapes, keeping them in rainbow order and adding more layers with the white cardstock die cuts to some of the layers and less to others for more interest, and glued everything in place. Then I added this panel to my card base with some craft foam in between (you could use foam tape if you prefer).

I cut 4 x the Cheers die from the Birthday Words Dies in black cardstock, gluing them all together and then adhering the stacked die cut to my card.

I added a few bright enamel dots to finish.

For those in the UK, you can get your Paper Smooches fix over at Dies to Die for.

I do hope you like them, I'll be sharing more Paper Smooches creations from the July release over the coming weeks.

Thanks for much for visiting!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Set of 3 Baby Cards


I'm running behind today, typing this post in my lunch break at work lol!

I made 3 very simple baby cards using the MFT Stamps Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics, the MFT StampsWelcome Baby sentiment set,  the MFT Stamps Country Fair Plaid paper pack, some white cardstock and a few enamel dots.

I also usedMFT Stamps Blueprints 15 and 20 for the rectangle dies and a stitched circle die. You could substitute any large rectangle dies.

Making them was very simple. I made a US A2 topfolding vertical cardbase in white cardstock, and then cut 3 rectangles (with Blueprints 20) and 3 items of baby clothes from the white cardstock.

I then cut 3 large rectangles (using Blueprints 15), a circle and the little embellishments for the clothes from my patterned paper.

I adhered the large rectangle to my card base with my tape runner. I glued the circle to the white rectangle and then stamped a sentiment in black ink below it. I adhered some craft foam to the back of my smaller rectangle and adhered that to the patterned paper.

I mounted the baby clothes to the circles using some foam tape for dimension, and then glued on the embellishments with a little Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Finally I added a few enamel dots in matching colours.

These really were super simple and quick to make.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows

Last week when the weather was so miserable, I took the opportunity to make a few cards after work, since going outdoors wasn't pleasant.

Anyway, since there was no sign of Mr Sun, I thought I'd take the opportunity to make another Christmas card. Yup, that's right, you heard me.....another Christmas card, before July is even in!

I can't even blame sunstroke owing to ....well ...the complete absence of sun!

Anyway, the stamp set I used is called Winter Sparrows from Lawn Fawn and it's perfect if you want to make lots of Christmas cards in a hurry. So easy to colour, cut them out with the matching die, pop them on to a little die cut frame, add that frame and some patterned paper to your card base, add the stamped sentiment on a die cut banner, sprinkle a few sequins and hey presto, you're done. So quick and simple, I will make a few at a time like this using different design papers.

I'll be back tomorrow with the first of my cards for Whimsy Stamps July release, which is FAB I have to say, and not a Christmas image among them, so I can put this Christmas malarkey behind me and pretend it's all a dream...... move along....nothing more to see here.......

Thanks so much for finding the time to drop by and visit, I know I'm a bad blogger and don't always get round to comment on yours, but I do truly appreciate you all.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Beautiful Butterflies - Thank You


This card has been made for some time, but I mailed it to a friend and wanted to wait until she received it, she has it now so I'm good to post.

I used the Beautiful Butterflies set again from my Favorite Things, again doing some 2 tone ink blending and using some small splatters of water to lift some colour before stamping the markings in black ink and cutting out with the matching die. I used the same colours and a stencil to make my background on some Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. I used my Clarity Stencil Brushes for this to get a lighter effect. I cut this out with the stitched rectangle frame from my Blueprints 20.

I made a US A2 vertical top folding card base from smooth white cardstock and then cut some patterned paper with the largest die in my Blueprints 15, adhering that to my card base.

Then I added my stencilled panel, popped up on some craft foam. 

I stamped a sentiment from the You Give Me Butterflies sentiment set from MFT in black ink onto a piece of Wisteria cardstock cut with a banner die from my Blueprints 20, and stuck that to my panel with a little foam tape. Finally I added my butterfly and a few sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

That's all for today, but I'll be back tomorrow with some Lawn Fawn cuteness. Oh and by the way, don't spend all your July money too soon, the Whimsy Stamps release is next week and I'm telling you now, there is SO much good stuff that you will not want to miss. I seriously think it may be the best release we've had yet and not only am I doing my usual rubber stamp inspiration, I've also joined in with the clear stamp team for some extra fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Daydream at The Ribbon Girl


It's time for a new challenge over at the Ribbon Girl Blog, and from this month onwards I will be moving from the Use Any Image Challenge Team to the Card Challenge Team.

So for this challenge you can use any style you wish, but it must be a card.

I fell in love with the new paper pad from Lemoncraft that Mary has in the shop, called Daydream, (I've listed in the links below), and I used this as the starting point and inspiration for my card. 

The colours are quite bright and very beautiful. 

I used one of the Chipboard Frames to make a focal point, this one is a double one and I decided to colour the top portion with Distress Oxide ink in Broken China to match in with the colours on my card. These inks are fab for colouring chipboard pieces as they don't sink into the chipboard and change colour like dye inks do, but sit on the top giving great coverage. I heat embossed my sentiment in gold on vellum, and added that to the centre of my card.

I gave the heat treatment to my organza ribbon with my heat gun, this is a great trick I picked up from Bev Rochester, and gives a lovely crinkled appearance to the ribbon, just make sure you keep your heat gun moving.

I've listed all the items used from The Ribbon Girl below:

Lucy's Enchanting Shaker Selection

I do hope you will join in with us, we have the lovely prizes below on offer:

First prize:  Papers from Maja Design, Sweden - the prize will be sent directly to the winner

Second prize:  £10 voucher towards a shopping spree at The Ribbon Girl
Third Prize:  A stamp of the winner's choice from LOTV

That's all from me for now, enjoy your Sunday!